Chancellor Merkel got played.Yesterday from Sputnik:
Erdoğan said €3 billion and accelerated accession to the EU, as the opening bid.
Now that he has the cards and knows he's playing against amateurs, you have to wonder what the rebid is going to be.
Turkey Urges Germany to Beef Up Military Involvement in Syria
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek has called for greater military involvement of Germany's armed forces in Syria. Otherwise, the influx of refugees to Europe could become even worse than before, the politician told German newspaper Die Welt....MOREBut thanks for the €3 billion.
Simsek had to have been watching old American mobster movies, "Nice little country ya got there, Chancellor, be a shame if anything happened to it"
As always, remember Sputnik probably has an agenda but that doesn't mean Turkey isn't going to shake-down the EU for everything they can get.
Meanwhile, Turkey's Zaman Newspaper is reporting:.
Ankara mayor calls on US envoy Bass to ‘return home’ due to his support for academics
...“You are trying to make an enemy [of Turkey]. At least you should learn to be quiet. Please don't poison Turkish and American relations… Mr. Bass you're a wrong choice for the US in Turkey. I would say for you to return to your country. Let a new US envoy, who knows about us, be sent here,” wrote Gökçek in a series of tweets on Friday....